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Los Angeles Dodgers: 4 Reasons Why Joe Blanton Is a Major Upgrade for Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers: 4 Reasons Why Joe Blanton Is a Major Upgrade for Dodgers
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Many Los Angeles Dodgers fans—myself included—stewed when the team failed to acquire a starting pitcher prior to Tuesday’s MLB non-waiver trade deadline. Los Angeles addressed that concern today when they Joe Blanton of Waivers" target="_blank">claimed Joe Blanton off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies and agreed to a trade to acquire the right-hander.

Blanton was not one of the many pitchers mentioned in trade rumors surrounding the Dodgers over the past several weeks. But there are several reasons why he will help Los Angeles make a run at the NL West title and be a legitimate contender for the World Series.

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